Our crazy weather! A cool wet ending to our Winter seems to have bypassed our Spring and we are having Summer like
dryness and heat. Lots of our spring bloomers were a little late for our show, like our Hono Honos, Den. aggregatum, Miltoniopsis, Paphiopedilums, and some Oncidinae. Now, many of our Mother’s Day flowers are already blooming! Yikes, the Manoa Show is May 4-5 and Mother’s Day is May 12. It is so difficult to time the flowers for our shows. The solution is to grow larger quantities of our favorite orchids and to also grow a more diverse collection of plants.
Let’s take advantage of this great weather. Start increasing your watering and start your Summer fertilizing regime. Also,
this can be a great time to do a lot of repotting. Look for emerging new roots as an indicator that it is a good time to repot. Other indicators are; if the orchid is growing over the edge of the pot, the roots are coming out of the media
(indicating that it is too crowded inside, or maybe the roots no longer like the media), you have ants, or maybe the orchid is declining. It is important to remember that whatever potting medium is used, after two years humic acid begins to build up
(your pH drops), salts build up, and your media begins to breakdown (decay) and becomes mushy or overly wet. So anything over two years old would be a good candidate. Sympodial growth plants (cattleya, dendrobium, oncidinae, etc.),
will not set back and should flower on the next growth if you keep divisions of three pseudobulbs or more. Monopodial growth orchids like vanda, rhynchostylis, aerides, and angreacum, can be topped and put back into their pot or basket as long
as there a minimum of three good healthy roots that are active.
If you are having difficulty with, or have questions about your plants, feel free to bring them at 7:00 p.m. at the next meeting for the “Orchid Doctor” session.
The club offers another great service, “Orchid Workshops”. They are held the second Saturday of each month at Dot’s house. See the newsletter for more information. Last month we had a great turnout with many new members getting the orchids repotted and their questions answered. And, we had a great lunch!
I bet if I do everything just right, I can get that daggum orchid flower to come out of that plant. I know it’s in there because I’d seen it before. It was a sweet little thing that made me smile to look at it.
OK, let’s see here. Now, Scot says what you need to pay attention to is:
#1- Don’t leave your plant soaking in water all day. It’s got to dry quick or the roots will rot.
There are tricks for that. You put the plant in a pot with stuff like Styrofoam (not kiddin’) for the bottom and around the sides. Then, add some bark or gravel to take up the space in the middle of the pot and get that plant in there all nice and snug, so it won’t wobble around. Get it? This stuff’s not gonna hold water very long at all.
And, the most important thing is to use a little-bitty pot. That way, there’s no way for water to accumulate. If that plant is still wobbly, put a stake next to a stem and twist-tie them together. If the plant wants to fall over, put that little pot into an empty bigger pot.
#2-Blah, blah, blah…
That’s a lot of words.
Don’t you wish someone can just show you how to do this?
Well, you are in luck.
Go watch Scot, or another orchid sage, in person at a Windward Orchid Society Saturday Workshop at Dot’s house. It’s better than a YouTube video because you can ask questions and even bring your own plant and fix it up under expert orchid tutelage.
And bonus, bring a yummy dish to share and enjoy a potluck lunch and talking story after the workshop. This is more fun than reading about orchid care…really.
Watch for more details about these workshops in your Windward Orchid Society newsletter.
Of course you need to sign up and be a member to get our newsletters.
Here’s what happens at Dot’s Workshop:
Larry Yamamoto, from the Kunia Orchid Society, shared his knowledge and experience on the topic of General Orchid Care.
Larry has a degree in Agriculture from the University of Hawaii and 30 years of experience with the US Department of Agriculture.
He grows Cattleya, Vanda, Slipper Orchids and other orchids.
WOS Cook Book
Available at all WOS events for $15.
Orchid Doctor If you have questions about your orchids or have orchids that are not doing well, please bring them early (7:00p.m.) to the General Membership meeting and our orchid doctor (Scot) will gladly identify the problem and try to answer your questions.
General Questions For questions about the Windward Orchid Society, see Craig Nakahara (wearing a florescent green shirt) during our General Membership Meeting.
Refreshment Contributions Sign up sheets are at the refreshment table or you can email Toni Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail correspondence to: Windward Orchid Society, Inc. P.O. Box 23 Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 The WOS meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the King Intermediate School Cafeteria.
Windward Orchid Society Display Won 3rd Place at the Ewa Orchid Society's "Back In Da 50's" Orchid Show
The Windward Orchid Society meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the King Intermediate School Cafeteria, located at 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy. in Kaneohe.
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